Drawings, part 2

Posted: 01/08/2011 in Uncategorized

I didn’t say much in my last post, and I suppose I should. I’m not very sure what people would like to see in an art blog, so if you’re reading this, do tell. You can comment here, or e-mail me, or “tweet” at me, or just yell very loudly and hope that I hear. Tell me what you’d like to hear about. As it is, I’ll babble about these drawings for a bit and hopefully you’ll find something interesting to think about.

Skull (“Yorick”)

This is the only photo I currently have of this drawing, and it was taken when the drawing was about half-way finished. I’ll try to get a new one taken soon, but until then I like what this shows: the process of seeing. There’s a decent amount “wrong” with the anatomy of this skull which was fixed by the time the final product was made, but you can tell here that I had trouble finding the breadth of the back of the head, and used a (overly complex) method of measuring via angles to eventually find it. To any budding artists out there: it helps to have at least a passing familiarity with geometry before you go diving headlong into realistic drawings of things.

On an unrelated note, I title every drawing of a skull that I have ever done “Yorick.”

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite
jest, of most excellent fancy.”
So sayeth Hamlet, via Mr. Shakespeare.

Seated Figure

Seeing the reaction of first-time figure artists to their first nude female model is one of the things that makes the world a happier place. The initial gawk of “ohmigod, vagina” is possibly one of the most endearing aspects of young people. Anyway, yes, ohmigod-a-vagina is in this drawing, although you couldn’t see too much of her from this point of view. The focus of this drawing was actually spatial proportion via the box she’s seated on.

Figures, Seated + Javelin Thrower

This model was really excellent. She did both poses, which was the challenge (along with, again, spatial proportion). And she’s seriously beautiful. Anyway, I was really drawn to the standing pose because it was so classical, quite gracefully embodying the notion of contrappossto. The similarity of her pose to that of Polycleitus’ Doryphoros that I really could not have passed it up.

Still Life w/Portrait graphite, charcoal

Just to get it out of the way, yes, the person in the mirror is supposed to me. And no, it does not look like me. You try drawing a self-portrait without your glasses and we’ll see how good you are. Anyway, I am not supposed to be the focus of this drawing. You should be looking at the bottles. Now I’ve distracted you, sorry. Anyway…the idea behind this drawing came from Morandi’s gorgeous still-lifes (still-lives?) in which the bottles, cups, and jugs become like “actors on a stage.” They really take on a life of their own. In this drawing, I tried to convey that life, to make these bottles weighty and precarious, standing on and in front of mirrors. It’s an essay in repetition and a study in composition. I want you to look at it–really look at it–and then think. What story is being told here? What’s all this crowded madness?

Drawings, part 1

Posted: 01/06/2011 in drawing

More photos of my drawings are forthcoming.  For now, I’ll leave you with these three, all from this past fall.

Still Life w/Makeup -Reflection+repetition study

Still Life w/Makeup

Interior w/Figure – Perspective study ; Drawn from life in a large corridor behind a concert hall.  The very, very small figure in the distant room is actually my friend Vieshnavi

Interior w/figure

Interior w/Figures – Perspective study ; Drawn from the stairs in my last important.  A lot of fun to do, if very angular.  Hard to get the space to work, but I think the final product demonstrates that effort.

Interior w/figures

More drawings to come, along with paintings and sculpture.  Look for it.